Level 2 Chemistry

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr T. Hill

Recommended Prior Learning

To be accepted for this course students must have earned 14 credits in Level 1 Science,  pass the Acids and Bases external with at least a Merit grade, or HOF/TIC (Head of Faculty/Teacher in Charge) approval.

Any student taking two or more courses that require significant time away from school (such as ODED, OELS, or Gateway) may find it difficult to cope with the demands of this course. In this case, entry will be subject to an interview with the HOF Science.

Chemistry is the study of matter; what substances are made of and how they react with each other. It is a body of knowledge and also an activity. Chemistry is what Chemists do. 

 This course is the first serious study of Chemistry. Examples of the topics covered are: 

• inorganic and organic substances and their reactions 

• atomic structure and bonding analysis - ways of finding what is present and how much is present, types of reactions, properties of reactions; how fast, energy changes, and completeness of reactions. 




Level 3 Chemistry

In deciding whether to take Chemistry or not the question you should ask is not "What jobs could I do if I take Chemistry?" but "What jobs would I not be able to do if I don't take Chemistry?" Some career areas that require Chemistry are Nursing, Forestry, Engineering, Food Science, Horticulture, Medicine, Technicians, and Agriculture.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is likely to be some expense involved in the purchase of a write-on workbook, which covers the topics taught.


Please note that courses will go ahead only if student numbers, staffing, and timetabling allow it.  Where a subject is oversubscribed, and there are insufficient numbers or resources to create an extra class, a ballot system may be applied.  


The Board of Trustees has again asked to opt into the Ministry of Education donation scheme. Doing so resulted in the ability to waive student fee donations. Kaiapoi High School aims to deliver quality educational courses over and above those that which is funded by the Ministry. It is likely the School will opt into the donation scheme for 2023, however parental contribution for the costs of trips and activities where participation is optional, and/or components not covered by the Government grant, may be requested. We appreciate the financial support our families make to the School.